Church con­certs that were truly mem­o­rable

Middleton Guardian - - WHAT’S ON WITH ALL ACROSS THE ARTS -

BY DR JOE DAW­SON

Tele­mann Baroque En­sem­ble con­sist­ing of Alis­tair Roberts flute, Elaine Turnock vi­olin, Roger Bisby cello, Joanna Walling­ton cello and Peter Col­lier harp­si­chord. The au­di­ence was swelled by 20 GCSE mu­sic stu­dents from St Car­di­nal Lan­g­ley RC High, who were treated to a fine live con­cert of C18 mu­sic with the bonus of see­ing and play­ing a real harp­si­chord.

Old­ham Com­mu­nity Choir was con­ducted by Jonathan Gib­son and ac­com­pa­nied by Ed­ward Rigg. The thirty-strong mixed choir gave songs from Rut­ter and Franck, with some solo con­tri­bu­tions, cul­mi­nat­ing in a med­ley from Les Misérables.

Voci voices - These four stars of the City of Manch­ester Opera Com­pany brought the house down with a wide-rang­ing pro­gramme of duets and quar­tets.

So­prano Mar­garet Fer­gu­son and pi­anist Jonathan El­lis per­formed as an ex­pe­ri­enced duo with their usual aplomb. Reg­u­lar recital­ists at St Mary’s, they never fail to de­light the au­di­ence.

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